Ken, who lives in Chilsworthy, was elected to Torridge District Council (TDC) in May 2015, as a Conservative ward member for Holsworthy. An active councillor, he was chairman of the councils standards committee and also served on the licensing committee. Councillor David Hurley, ward member for Shebbear and Langtree, and deputy leader, said: I was very sad to hear this news. Ken was a gentleman and a real pleasure to have known. Jenny Wallace, head of paid service at TDC, said: We are very sorry to hear of Kens passing he will be a much missed member of the council. A true gentleman, he was enthusiastic about his role as a councillor and was an active member on committees and at a more local level supporting his constituents in Holsworthy. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Councillor Margaret Brown said Ken was a gentleman, and Councillor Tony Inch said working with Ken was a real pleasure. Councillor Mervyn Langmead, ward member for Bideford East, added: So sad to hear the bad news, it was a pleasure knowing him, a perfect gentleman, and its been an honour working with him. Rest in peace Ken. The flag at Riverbank House will be flying at half-mast in respect.